DECEMBER 21, 2008
This has all the makings of a black-and-blue Battle of Ohio that should be filmed in black-and-white on a gray day where the temperature (25) and wind (30 miles per hour) may outscore the offenses. The thundering elegance of John Facenda would be a nice soundtrack. But with both teams grinding to stay out of the AFC North cellar, street-tough Joe Pesci is more like it.
Citing the Browns' short week, the Bengals victory over the Redskins as well as their edge at quarterback, the Bengals.com roundtable is going with the Bengals to break their longest road losing streak (seven) since the 15 straight they lost from 1992-94.
"I said Cincinnati could win its last three and they ought to win this one because they've got the better quarterback," says The Guru, a former top football exec in the NFL.
"The Browns defense is good, but beyond their three big guys up front, it's pretty average," says The Eye, an NFL scout familiar with personnel in both conferences. "They don't have the players across the board like they do in Pittsburgh and Baltimore, or even Philadelphia and Washington. And the Bengals have more momentum."